The Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia has established immunization requirements for all new students (first-year, transfers, and others) as directed by policy consistent with recommendations provided by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, developed collaboratively by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Division of Public Health of the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
A brief summary of current immunization requirements is available on the Board of Regents web site for your information.
When does my Immunization form need to be submitted?
Immunization forms should be submitted to Georgia Southern Health Services prior to SOAR (orientation and registration), preferably at least four weeks before your orientation date. Failure to do so may affect your ability to register for classes.
What if I do not have all required vaccinations?
During a public health event such as an epidemic, the president of the university is authorized in conjunction with the Chancellor and appropriate health authorities, to put rules and regulations in place regarding diseases against which immunizations may be required.
Any individual who cannot show proof of immunity or adequate immunization and refuses to be immunized shall be excluded from any institution or facility of the University System until valid evidence is produced that they are immunized against the disease or the epidemic threat no longer constitutes a significant public health danger (BoR Minutes 1989-90, p.406).
For additional information, please visit the The Board of Regents
If I do not have all of my required vaccinations, can I still register for classes?
No you cannot, under the following conditions:
- You have not received an exemption from the requirements.
- You have not contacted Georgia Southern Health Services to create a temporary contract for receiving the required vaccinations.
- Georgia Southern Health Services cannot verify you are receiving your vaccinations as according to an agreed upon schedule.
Yes you can, under the following conditions:
- You have received an exemption from the requirements
- You have contacted Georgia Southern Health Services to create a temporary contract for receiving the required vaccinations.
- Georgia Southern Health Services can verify you are receiving your vaccinations as according to an agreed upon schedule.
Other than the required vaccines, are there any recommended vaccines?
In addition to the required vaccinations, Georgia Southern Health Services recommends the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td)
Georgia Southern Health Services also recommends students be tested for Tuberculosis (TB). Contact Health Services about the availability of these vaccinations and TB testing.
I am an International Student. Are the requirements the same?
In addition to the other required immunizations, International Students attending Georgia Southern University are required to be screened for tuberculosis (TB). The screening must be performed by GSUHS staff and shall be completed upon arrival to campus.
For more information, please read the International Student Letter from the Chief of Medical Staff at Georgia Southern's Health Services.
How can I receive an exemption?
Exemptions may be provided on the following basis:
- Religious Objection
- Medical Reasons
*Requires Physician's certification (documentation required)
In the event of a disease outbreak, these students may be excluded from any institution or facility of the University System until such time as they present valid evidence that they are immunized against the disease, have had the disease and recovered, or the epidemic or threat no longer constitutes a significant public health danger.
*Immunization forms must be signed by a licensed physician or by a qualified employee of a Board of Health or Health Department.